Force India is set to keep its Mercedes engine deal beyond the 2010 season, despite rumours suggesting otherwise.

Speculation in the paddock in Belgium last weekend had suggested that Force India would lose its deal at the end of the year and that the Mercedes engines could end up with Red Bull for 2011 - a partnership that has been rumoured on numerous occasions in the past.

The talk that Force India could lose its engines was down in part to question marks being raised about the team's ability to pay for its powerplants following its recent lawsuit for Aerolab, but Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug poured cold water on the rumours and said there would be no change next year.

"[Team boss] Mr Mallya is exemplary with the payment of his bills," he told Auto Motor und Sport. "We have no plans to change our customers."

Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko also played down talk of his team swapping to Mercedes, arguing that 'the way we are loved by Mercedes, I can't imagine us getting their engines'.

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